Between Port Stanley and Paynes Mill in Elgin County, the Elgin Hiking Trail is a 41km route in southwestern Ontario. The trail borders the Dodd and Kettle creek from Paynes Mills to the village of Port Stanley on Lake Erie and going north from Paynes Mills to connect with the Thames Valley Trail west of London as the link to the Legacy Trails of Ontario.
To reach the Elgin Hiking Trail from Highway 401, use Exit #177. Head south on Highway 4 to Port Stanley. After entering the Village of Port Stanley turn right at the first traffic lights, cross the bridge, follow the road ahead and turn left at the next intersection (William Street) towards the beach on Lake Erie.
The trail starts at the beach, next to Mackies Restaurant, look for the three Post People Hikers. Parking is available across from Mackies.
Overall, Elgin Hiking Trail is the 20th most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Ontario.